Staffordshire County Council Constitution - Tuesday 27th July 2010

Note: The Constitution has been updated to include additions to the Scheme of Delegation for the Director of Law and Governance and the Director of Finance to designate them as authorised officers for issuing certificates under the Local Government (Contracts) Act 1997 

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Introduction to How the Council Works pdf icon PDF 25 KB

  • The County Council members, officers and citizens’ rights
  • The County Council and how decisions are made (including principles of decision making, Cabinet Decisions, definition of Key Decisions, definition of Scrutiny)


The Constitution pdf icon PDF 25 KB

  • Role, Purpose and Interpretation of the Constitution
  • Review of the Constitution
  • Suspension of the Constitution
  • Publication of the Constitution


Members of the County Council pdf icon PDF 21 KB

  • Composition, eligibility, election and terms of councillors
  • Roles, functions, rights and responsibilities of all councillors
  • Members Code of Conduct
  • Guidance on Member/Officer Relations
  • Staffordshire Local Community Fund
  • Members’ Allowances Scheme

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Citizens and the Council pdf icon PDF 27 KB

  • Citizen’s Rights including complaints
  • Petitions Scheme

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Full Council pdf icon PDF 26 KB

  • Purpose and Functions of Full Council (including Local Choice Functions)
  • Council Meetings (Including chairing meetings)
  • Budget and Policy Framework Procedure Rules

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Cabinet pdf icon PDF 40 KB

  • Executive Arrangements
  • Appointment and terms of office of Leader of the Council, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Members
  • Role of Cabinet, Cabinet Decisions and Cabinet Member Decisions
  • Procedure at Cabinet Meetings (including Conflict of Interest etc)
  • Consultation (including Boards)
  • Cabinet Member Responsibilities (Including General Delegations)
  • Local Choice Functions which are Cabinet Responsibilities
  • Terms of Reference for Boards and Cabinet Sub-Committees

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Overview and Scrutiny pdf icon PDF 76 KB

  • General Role and Function of Scrutiny Committees
  • Terms of Reference
  • Membership and Cooption
  • Meetings of Scrutiny Committees
  • Work Programme and Budget
  • Cabinet Member Accountability, Officers Giving Account, Attendance by others
  • Policy Advisory Groups
  • Policy Review, Scrutiny Reports, Rights of Members to Documents
  • Call in


Other Committees pdf icon PDF 57 KB

  • Planning Committee
  • Pensions Committee
  • Audit Committee
  • Standards Committee


Joint Arrangements pdf icon PDF 45 KB

  • Joint arrangements – General principles
  • Terms of Reference for existing arrangements.


Officers pdf icon PDF 43 KB

  • Management Structure
  • Statutory Officers
  • Conduct, Employment, Exercise of Delegated Powers and Finance, Legal and Contract matters
  • Scheme of Delegation
  • Local Code of Conduct for Officers
  • Whistle blowing Policy
  • Integrity Policy
  • Officer Employment Rules

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Procedural Standing Orders pdf icon PDF 81 KB


Access to Information Procedure Rules pdf icon PDF 55 KB


Financial Procedure Rules pdf icon PDF 59 KB

  • Financial Regulations
  • Procurement Rules (including Contract Standing Orders)

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